20 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Metro Denver
With tricks and treats aplenty, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy this Halloween season.
Aurora Symphony Spooktacular
October 26, 7:30 p.m.
Attend a special Halloween concert filled with spooky treats. Enter a Halloween costume contest and listen to haunting music. Arrive early to try out the instruments of the orchestra. $30. The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora.
Boo at the Bridge
October 19, 4-8 p.m.
Take the kids for goodies, fall decorations, entertainment, and games. $7-$12. Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, 4218 County Rd. 3A, Cañon City.
Cosmic Costume Skate
October 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Show off your Halloween costumes while ice skating and enter a costume contest for a chance to earn prizes. $5.50 adults and children, $2 age 5 and under. $2.50 skate rental, free skate rental if you wear a costume. Greeley Ice Haus, 900 8th Ave., Greeley.
October 26, 9 a.m.
Join a Frankenstein-themed 5K or 10K run for adults, or a kids 1/4 mile (ages 2-4), 1/2 mile (ages 3-8), or one-mile run (ages 5-11). Kids receive a custom bib, lunch, glow stick, and finisher gift. There will be arts and crafts, jumpy castles, and costume contests at a post-race festival. Register early to reserve space. $10-$40. Sloan’s Lake Park, 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd., Denver.
October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26
Visit the zoo after dark and take an immersive art walk along an eerie trail in Woodland Hollow, or venture into the Harmony Hill Bigfoot Festival for Sasquatch-themed food and drink, animal encounters, and a photo op with Bigfoot himself. All ages. $15-$20 adult, $9-$14 child. Denver Zoo, 2300 Steele St., Denver.
Fall Flannel Festival
October 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy a family-friendly event in the Dairy Block Alley with events for all ages including face painting, live music, carnival games, an urban pumpkin patch, scarecrow art installations, and trick-or-treating. Seasonal food and drink will be available for purchase. Free. Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee St., Denver.
October through November 2
See Elitch Gardens transform into Family By Day and Fright By Night, plus all your favorite theme park rides. Age 12 and up. $40 day, $30 night. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park, 2000 Elitch Cir., Denver.
Fun-Due with the Family
October 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27
Hayrides from 11am-4pm. Go on a 30-minute hayride down Littleton’s historic Main Street, then enjoy a Halloween-themed, 4-course fondue meal at the restaurant. Costumes are encouraged. $45 adults, free age 12 and under (1 child per paying adult). The Melting Pot, 2707 W. Main St., Littleton.
Glow at the Gardens
October 21-25, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Stroll luminaria-lined pathways, and see spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing gourds. See larger-than-life sculptures, dense displays of jack-o’-lanterns and ornately detailed showpiece pumpkins. Bring a bag for trick-or-treating, see pumpkin carving demos, glow-in-the-dark games, and hands-on crafts. $19-$21 adult, $15-$17 ages 3-15, free age 2 and under. Denver Botanic Gardens York Street, 1007 York St., Denver.
October 28, noon-5 p.m.
Enjoy open play time plus entertainment from Denver Kid Magic at 3pm. Costumes are welcome. $16. Kids Wonder, 7562 S. University Blvd., Suite GG, Centennial.
Halloween Kids Fest
October 26-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Join Sharkey the mascot and his friends for not-so-haunted train rides, pumpkin painting, monster mural coloring, science experiments, and shows. $8.50 for kids in costume ages 3-11 with purchase of adult ticket $22.99 (ages 12-64) and $21.99 (age 65 and up). Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver.
November 3, 2:30 p.m.
Attend a family-favorite concert featuring music from films and television. Costumes are encouraged and the best of the bunch will be invited to show off their creations on stage for the whole crowd. $27 adults, $10 children. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver.
October 4, 7-9 p.m. (grades 6-8); October 20, 7-9 p.m. (grades 9-12)
Take over the museum and check out frightening creatures, both dead and alive, fun activities, and freaky food, especially for teens. Costumes are welcome. Free. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.
Hauntings at the Hangar
October 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
See the museum transformed into a fun, spooky hangar filled with games, costumes, and sci-fi characters. Free-$16.95. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Blvd., Denver.
October 27, 4-6 p.m.
See meat-filled pumpkins be passed out to the wolves and enjoy a bonfire and refreshments. Reservations required. $35 age 12 and up, $15 ages 6-11. Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, 4729 Twin Rocks Rd., Divide.
October 17-November 3, 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Follow a half-mile path as it leads you through eight multi-sensory pumpkin-themed lands. More than 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins and funkins greet visitors along with fire breathers, dancers, and pumpkin artists. The Pumpkin Central area features a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, and festive food. Free-$65. Adams County Regional Park Complex, 9755 Henderson Rd., Brighton.
October 22, 10am, 11am, and noon
Put a spooky spin on snacks. Join Children’s Hospital Colorado to turn oranges into pumpkins and make a witch’s broom or vampire fangs with apple slices. Included with admission. Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 2121 Children’s Museum Dr., Denver.
Tricks and Treats! Family Overnight
October 25, 6 p.m. overnight to 10 a.m.
Spend a memorable night experiencing the magic of the museum. Experience spooky science all around you as you trick or treat your way through the museum and then find your “resting place” in the diorama halls. Enjoy a hot breakfast the next morning. Grades K-8 with adult. $55 and up. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver.
October 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Take a look into Halloween traditions in the time of the Byers and Evans families when they lived in their historic home. Make crafts from their time and learn the origins and traditions of Halloween. Age 4 and up. RSVP by Oct. 24. $8-$10. Byers-Evans House Museum, 1310 Bannock St., Denver.
October 17-19 and 24-26, 6-9 p.m.
Listen to scary tales from the Gothic masters, via interpretive historians. Age 12 and up. Reservations recommended for different start times. $20. The Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver.